Strelitziaceae (bird of paradise family) 

    There are three genera in the Strelitziaceae family: Strelitzia, from southern Africa, with five species; Ravenala, from Madagascar, with one species; and Phenakospermum, from South America, with one species.  This family may be distinguished from the other members of the Zingiberales by the birdlike appearance of the inflorescence and the woody, capsular fruit.

    The following birds of paradise are growing at Montoso Gardens:


Scientific Name Common Name Plant Family

Ravenala madagascariensis

traveler's palm


Strelitzia nicolai

white bird of paradise


Strelitzia parviflora juncea

leafless bird of paradise


Strelitzia reginae

bird of paradise


Strelitzia reginae 'Elliot's Gold' yellow bird of paradise





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